Rebecca Black ‘Friday’ Performance Brings Death Threats, Police Investigation

April 21, 2011

Rebecca Black - FridaySinger Rebecca Black has achieved overnight stardom. The popular YouTube video for her song “Friday” quickly went viral and has already received over 113 million views since it was posted just over two months ago. Does Rebecca Black have any talent and why did the video become so popular so quickly? It appears that the video’s popularity has arisen not from its excellence, but for just how utterly bad it is. So bad in fact, that the 13-year-old singer has recently been receiving death threats demanding that the video be taken down.

We consider these threats to be death threats, and we certainly take these things very seriously.

– Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim, California Police Department

The Anaheim, California Police Department are taking these death threats towards Rebecca Black very seriously and have launched an official investigation. Sgt. Rick Martinez says, “Specifically they mention that they were going to take her life and that’s where you have to draw the line.” Martinez went on to say, “The threats were related to getting the music off of the Internet or they would kill her. We are taking these threats very seriously.”

The meanest thing I read was I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get a eating disorder so you’ll look pretty.

– Rebecca Black

According to the YouTube video’s viewer voting statistics, the video has received 308,557 “Likes”, but an overwhelming 2,284,341 “Dislikes”. Many of the comments left by viewers are not only critical, such as “This song makes me wish Friday never comes”, but violent as well, such as ”go die in a hole.”

As the old Hollywood saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. It is estimated that Rebecca Black has earned well over $20,000 from YouTube’s revenue sharing program, as well as thousands from the song’s sales on iTunes. Not bad…and a lot more than I made when I was 13 years old collecting aluminum cans.

Is the song really that bad? Watch the video for yourself and then leave a comment in the comment box below.

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8 Responses to Rebecca Black ‘Friday’ Performance Brings Death Threats, Police Investigation

  1. Maria on April 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I think there’s worst out there. Why pick this girl and say these mean words to her. Every one has a right in doing what they think there good at. I hope they do something against these people who are threatening her.

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  3. Sam on April 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    yea it is really that bad…

  4. Madison on April 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Whoever are giving her death threats, whatever they wrote, I hope that happens to them. Rebecca Black is very talented and she deserves to be able to do what she loves. She worked really hard for this and spent a lot of money trying to make it happen, and she had NO idea that this would happen. It’s disguisting. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all. You wouldn’t like it if you posted a video on Youtube and you were so excited and happy, and the next day over 2,000 comments about how people hope you to die. Keep it up Rebecca and don’t listen to those people!

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  7. Jessica on May 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    It’s not a bad song so why are you guys criticizing about her it’s like you guys could do better so shut up and leave here alone she just wanted to sing and live her dream is to be a singer so people better stop this or before she kills her self from these death threats

  8. Matthew on May 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Had it not gone viral it would be sitting on a dusty shelf on in the dark corner of the great library which is youtube, but instead it went viral and people are angry, because one 13-year-old girl got paid $4000, when all other people have to work hard to get lots of views (including Justin Beiber), so it’s unfair that one spoilt little girls gets her wish. But death threats…that going a bit too far